The State of My World, December 2018: Balance

Some thoughts on the state of my  world/brain as a ‘nother year comes to a close..

 My photographic and musical journey began around the turn of the century (I love saying that, haha) nearly 20 years ago.  Like millions of my fellow artists in the world, I’ve spent much of the time since then creating works, navigating the medium(s), the business, the clients, the mission, and at times, my life.   When I can.  

 This year I knew it was time to simplify things and create more calm instead of more craziness. Its easy to get pulled in a kajillion directions especially when you practice more than one art form (fave quote that I often quote by Joseph Campbell:   “"the form is secondary, the message is whats important”) Before I knew it, I was randomly seeing whales on the East Coast and whales on the West Coast.  I randomly visited Salem in Massachusetts and then Salem in Oregon. I drove past “New” Salem in the Midwest.   All of this geographic symmetry happened naturally and unbeknownst to me at the start of the year, balance was/is the key.

(and apparently, Salem, haha…insert upside down emoji HERE)

 To celebrate this newfound state of equipoise, I photographed the sign at the 45th parallel near Salem, Oregon. 

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to photograph in Salem Proper, but true to World Tour form, I was drawn to a church.  At first because of its cool sign, but as I got closer there was something else that caught my attention. I had come to Salem to photograph balance (the 45th parallel sign) which I did, but I also found an off centered, unbalanced cross on the façade of the church and somehow everything just seemed right (aka balanced) b/c that’s just life.  Things can’t be  centered/balanced until you know that they aren’t.

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When I think of the craziness I was trying to calm another fave quote by my fave fictional character, Sherlock Holmes comes to mind:  “You are too bound by forms, Watson”.   And coming back full circle to Campbell, I realize that balance, and calm, comes from focusing on the message rather than focusing on the craziness of the form, that’s true of any situation. Hoping to keep that mindset strong going forward.

 (Random fun fact: I just bought New Balance running shoes. That’s just irrelevant yet relevant lagniappe but I just realized that too, haha.) 

Anyhoo, tip of the hat to 2018, and looking forward to 2019, wherever the road leads and all the good books I shall read.  

Happy New Year.


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www.natashasanchezcreates.com

New Website, Same Ole Outlook

Hello!  Welcome to my Brand New Blog on my Brand (kinda) New Website.  There comes a time when change is inevitable, and here we are.  On this shiny new site I hope that I have made navigating my world a little easier, from the World Tour to Lumen Prints, Songs and Workshops. I’ve even taken a new direction and showcased my (other) travel photography in my Photographs page, so to kick things off I thought I'd share.

Times they are a changin', a constant truth since the beginning of said time.   Websites are created for short attention spans these days and rely on the visual (lucky for us photographers). In reading up on Sites of Today, one piece of advice kept popping up: make sure you have a clear message, make sure you have clear message.  Sound business advice for any successful endeavor or artist.  I pride myself on creating art in different mediums - photographs, lumens and songs,  all with an underlying common message.  I thought long and hard about how to concisely clarify that message and the answer finally came to me:

The World doesn't completely suck. 

  Ok, well it kinda does and it kinda doesn't and surely I could phrase that better, but I do like to document my world as is.    My focus tends to dwell in the details where the smaller parts make up the whole.  I've always been more interested in 'what Is'  and I've long been fascinated by the world we create for ourselves and others. Hopefully this new site illustrates that concept.

I started out in portraiture and over the years gravitated to more landscapes, lumen prints and cray world tours, writing songs all along the way.    I never stopped hearting portraits, there just came a time when I knew I couldn't solely focus on them (unless it was Betty the Bullhorn, of course). Anyhoo, I've noticed as I shoot landscapes, I occasionally drift towards people as they blend in to the landscape.  If anything, my travels to Hawaii compelled the idea there is no boundary between us and the landscape, we are as much a part of the environment as the leaf on a tree.  On that note, I added a new portrait gallery, my first in a while, of photographs taken mostly from my travels...as anyone who has followed my World Tour or taken one of my workshops knows...I tend to travel all the time, even in my own backyard.  

Feel free to have a look around, I've added a few new photos to the Sacred Faces gallery, and I will continue to update the Calendar with upcoming music gigs, photo exhibitions and what not.  This post also marks a return to blogging...yay!...this new format will also make it easier to post new galleries, so check back often and/or follow me on the inner webs. 

Happy Day